Beverly Hills Cop II is a 1987 film directed by Tony Scott and it’s the sequel to the first film released three years earlier. Virtually all the protagonists of the first film return, from Eddie Murphy to Ronny Cox, for what’s essentially more a remake than a sequel. But worse. Much worse.
It has the exact same structure of the previous movie, the same plot, the same protagonists, the same scenes, the same soundtrack by Harold Faltermeyer… But everything is more confused, the action scenes are worse, and the story lacks too many logical links to be understandable. Actually, it would be impossible to follow it were it not for the knowledge of what happened in the first movie.
Don’t believe me? Here’s a list of scenes which exist in both the first movie and in this “sequel”, let’s see if I convince you.
- Axel Foley enters the scene with an undercover mission, in plain clothes, and pretending to be a criminal (among other things, there’s even one of the actors playing a criminal in the first scene of the first film, Frank Pesce).
- Someone mispronounces the name of Judge Reinhold’s character.
- A friend of Axel’s (Captain Bogomil, Ronny Cox) is (nearly) killed and Axel goes to Beverly Hills to investigate the matter.
- Axel’s boss (Gilbert R. Hill) yells at him.
- Axel finds a place to sleep in Beverly Hills by making fun of someone, but this time in a mansion, not a hotel.
- Axel enters an exclusive club to talk to a hard-to-reach antagonist.
- Rosewood (Judge Reinhold) says things that his colleague Taggart (John Ashton) doesn’t appreciate while they’re in a car together.
- The antagonist is a foreigner (this time Jurgen Prochnow) helped by a right arm man (this time it’s Dean Stockwell). One difference: there’s also a woman, Brigitte Nielsen.
- There’s a scene in a strip club (here it’s completely gratuitous).
- About halfway through the movie, the villains try to kill Axel, but they fail.
- There’s a car chase involving a truck (but this time it’s at the end of the film, not at the beginning).
- Eddie Murphy makes a joke or two about racism (I laughed out loud at: “Is this a black thing?” said to the hateful Beverly Hills police chief Allen Garfield).
- Foley, Taggart, and Rosewood defeat the criminals with a surreal, explosion-packed shootout that goes on even when dozens of local police cars arrive to help.
Have I convinced you? The only thing that kept me awake after a while was making a checklist of the things I already saw in the first movie.
There’s something different, mainly a couple of cameos by Chris Rock and Gilbert Gottfried, not to mention Hugh Hefner in his Playboy mansion full of scantily dressed girls… It has absolutely nothing to do with the plot, but obviously someone paid real money for it to be in the movie.
To conclude, I honestly don’t recommend watching Beverly Hills Cop II. You’re better off rewatching Martin Brest’s first film, which not only was written and shot better, but was more original and also had an intelligent message about classism in the United States which is completely absent in this sequel. Ciao!